Orcas Student Provides Virtual Visit to Turtlehead Preserve

From the San Juan Preservation Trust Young Orcas Island native Will Fisher has set his sights on a career as a professional photographer and videographer, so his 2012 internship with the San Juan Preservation Trust was a perfect fit. Fisher, 19, graduated last spring from the photography program at the … Continue reading

Report from the Fair: Orcas Kids Win Many Awards the Last Day

By Brigid Ehrmantraut Saturday was the final day of the 2011 San Juan County Fair. Some of the last-day events  included the 4-H Livestock Auction, Small Animal Round Robin, and the 4-H Awards Ceremony. The 2011 Livestock Auction probably holds the record for most animals turned back to be resold … Continue reading

Applied Physics Class Builds, Launches Solar Boat

By Brigid Ehrmantraut The Orcas Island High School Applied Physics class proudly displayed the culmination of their efforts at a morning assembly on Thursday, June 2nd. The class, taught by Brett McFarland, has been working to build their solar-powered umiak since the beginning of the 2010-11 school year. The entire boat … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: A Brilliant Idea for our Waterfront

With all the hullabaloo associated with building construction, permits, approvals, zoning, EPRC recommendations, ADU’s, Growth Management, and all the other ‘stuff’ we constantly hear about new buildings and development, how about an idea that goes the other way? Barry Madan has a brilliant idea, in my opinion: tear down Vern’s … Continue reading

Take Part in Orcas Community Journalism!

Orcas Issues: News & Views welcomes your participation in our advance in Community Journalism — we invite you to contribute directly to this online news service! Orcas Issues is based on two principles: Involving the community in transmitting information for the common good Adhering to the standards of American journalism: … Continue reading

Writers Roundtable to Focus on Community Journalism on Oct. 10

Bullwings Editor Margie Doyle will be leading a discussion about “Community Journalism” at the Oct. 10 Writers Roundtable. The evolution, characteristics, responsibilities and delivery of journalism — daily news — will be addressed. Margie Doyle has spent over two decades in the journalism profession. She has reported for and/or edited … Continue reading